Class and social standing have been around since back when someone had way more shiny rocks than everyone else. In "Girl," it's not just shiny rocks—it's the color of your skin, the quality of your table setting, and the evenness of your hem. In a colonial Antigua where British culture is valued over the native one, Antiguans of African decent like Kincaid, and so we assume Girl too, are already at the bottom of the hierarchy. One more rung down and they are out of the game. In "Girl," it seems dead easy to lose your social standing—and a lot harder to pick it back up. So, should we be listening to Mom's advice—or, like Kincaid, leaving the game entirely?
Kincaid suggests that society is based around policing behavior. In "Girl," someone is always watching.
In the game of society that "Girl" depicts, Girl is destined to lose.